Dems criticize Paul for opposing funding bill

Dems criticize Paul for opposing funding bill
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Democrats took to Twitter on Thursday to criticize Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump and Congress at odds over Russia GOP leader blocks resolution backing intelligence community on Russia Rand Paul blocks Sanders's Russia resolution, calls it 'crazy hatred' against Trump MORE (R-Ky.) for his speech against the Senate spending bill’s deficit impact, with one lawmaker accusing Paul of being “inconsistent” with his support.

Paul took to the Senate floor to demand 15 minutes of debate and a vote on an amendment to keep budget ceilings in place before a full vote on the funding bill.

The House and the Senate need to pass the two-year funding bill by midnight Thursday in order to avoid a government shutdown, the second in less than a month.

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Paul has slammed the bill for raising budget caps by roughly $300 billion and raising the debt ceiling through March 2019, calling it a “rotten deal.”

"When Republicans are in charge there is no conservative party," he told Fox News. "A lot of so-called conservatives lose their mind when it becomes a partisan thing." 

On the Senate floor, Paul again slammed Republicans, calling their position on the bill “hypocrisy.”

"If you were against President Obama's deficits, and now you're for the Republican deficits, isn't that the very definition of hypocrisy?" he said.

Democratic Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzOn The Money: Trump rips Fed over rate hikes | Dems fume as consumer agency pick refuses to discuss border policy | Senate panel clears Trump IRS nominee Senate approves resolution warning Trump not to hand over US officials Senate to vote on resolution telling Trump not to hand over former diplomats MORE (Hawaii) fired back at Paul, calling his position “inconsistent.”

“Rand, in December you voted YES  on a top heavy, unpaid for, 1.5 trillion dollar tax giveaway,” Schatz tweeted. “That seems rather...inconsistent.”

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyDem senator ties Kavanaugh confirmation vote to Trump-Putin controversy Full interview: Chris Murphy speaks out on the Trump-Putin meeting and what it means Dem senator: NATO has become 'functionally obsolete' under Trump MORE (D-Conn.) echoed Schatz’s remarks, saying it “takes guts” to oppose the funding bill after supporting the GOP tax bill.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerData confirm that marijuana decriminalization is long overdue Pollster: Kavanaugh will get Dem votes Democrats slam Trump for considering Putin’s ’absurd’ request to question Americans MORE’s (D-N.Y.) communications director, Matt House, also took a shot at Paul for his vote on the GOP tax bill.

Paul is threatening to delay a procedural vote on the bill if he doesn’t get his amendment vote.

"If they want to stay up until 3 in the morning, I'm happy to do it," he said on Fox News late Thursday afternoon. 

Under Senate rules, the earliest the chamber can take its first vote on the agreement is 1 a.m. Friday, after the deadline, unless every senator agrees to move it up.